By NEMS Daily Journal
NEW ALBANY – Evie Vimoia LaDell Byers Harris, 43, died Sunday, June 16, 2013, at her residence. She was born Oct. 24, 1969, in Union County to Beford Junior Byers and Iva Nell Mardis. She attended North Haven School, where her late grandfather, George Beford Byers, worked as the school’s janitor. She enjoyed being around her grandchild, Carissa, and her nieces and nephews. She loved everyone she met, and was filled with God’s love. She was a member of the Church of Acts.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at the United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Charlie Ganey and the Rev. Dennis Mardis officiating. Burial will be in the Amaziah Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her mother, Iva Nell Mardis of New Albany; her daughter, Crystil Byers (Morgan Fuller) of Myrtle; three sisters, Melaine Jeanntte Byers Gilliam of New Albany, Shena Elaine Byers Rhea (Chris) of Ingomar and Aundrea Inez Byers of Myrtle; a stepsister, Gale Mardis of New Albany; a brother, Timothy Junior Byers (Mary) of New Albany; a stepbrother, Jame Micheal Mardis (Amanda) of Alabama; one grandchild, Carissa Rena Fuller; and her caregiver, Cassandra Kizer.
She was preceded in death by her father, Beford Junior Byers; her stepfather, James L. Mardis; and her niece, Innette Reana Alexander.
Pallbearers will be Timmy Byers, Tyler Rhea, Chad Byers, Danny Gordon, Tyler Jarvis, Morgan Fuller and Markie Mardis. Honorary pallbearers will be Marty Mardis, Chris Todd and Rickey Alexander.
Visitation will be today, June 18, 2013, from 5 until 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
For online condolences visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
BREWER – James Lamar Long was born Feb. 9, 1944, to William Edgar Long and Earline Parks Long. He grew up in the Shannon area and graduated from Shannon High School in 1961. He married the love of his life, Donna Jean Billings, on June 22, 1963. He worked all his life with his second passion of operating heavy equipment. He found Jesus at an early age and spent hours studying the Bible, especially Revelations. He loved spending time with his grandkids, hunting, fishing and camping. He was known by all for his good natured spirit and easy smile.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 19, at Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Jim Manley and Deric Rea officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Donna Long of the Brewer community; two sons, David Lamar of Shannon and Tommy Long (Angel) of Amory; his grandchildren that he raised, David Michael Long and Corey Lee Long and also Marlee Jean Long, Pyper Layne Long and Nicky Long; three sisters, Sue Chism, Dale House and Melissa Fugua; his mother-in-law, Leona Davis of Pontotoc; one brother-in-law, Bobby Billings (Carol) of Pontotoc; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Kay Coker; one brother, Charlie Herndon; two brother-in-laws, Eddie Coker and Elgin House.
Pallbearers will be David Michael Long, Corey Lee Long, Nicky Long, Mark Coker, D.J. Box and Joseph Campbell.
Honorary pallbearers will be Terrell Davis, Trey Weaver, J.D. Stanley, Zack Coggins, Lee Benson and Steven Chandavong.
Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today and 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; or Lebonheur’s Children’s Medical Center, P.O. Box 42048, Memphis, TN 38174-2048.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
BANKHEAD – William Durell Rowland, 98, passed away Saturday, June 15, 2013, at Graceland Care Center in Pontotoc. He was born on Aug. 17, 1914, to James Edgar and Virgie Crane Rowland in Pontotoc County. He married J.C. Maffett Rowland and shared many years together before her death. He was a Christian and a faithful member of Immanuel Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon for 55 years. He retired from Western Auto Store in Pontotoc.
A Celebration of Life Service was held Monday, June 17, at Immanuel Baptist Church with Bro. Melvin Crawley and Bro. Tommy Inmon officiating. Burial was in the Immanuel Cemetery. Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc was in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by one daughter, Betty James (Leo) of Pontotoc; two grandchildren, William Dayton Rowland (Mary) of Linden, Texas, and Emily Martin (Glenn) of Batesville; two great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Vivian Tutor Rowland of Linden, Texas, formerly of Pontotoc; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, J.C. Maffett Rowland; his parents, James Edgar and Virgie Rowland; two sons, Dewey Max Rowland and James (Jimmy) Edgar Rowland; two brothers, Roy Rowland Jr. and James Marcus Rowland.
Pallbearers will be Harper Maffett, Billy Montgomery, Michael Crane, Hubert Crane, Jimmy Byrd and Lyle Gentry.
Condolences may be shared at www.baldwinnowellfh.com/admin.
SHANNON – Willie Frances “Ne Naw” “Ms. Willie” Caldwell, 90, died Sunday, June 16, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a lengthy illness. A Tupelo native, she was born Sept. 2, 1922, to Frank and Saphronia McCollough West. She worked for Sarah’s Outlet and was a longtime Avon representative. She was the widow of Stanley Caldwell, who preceded her in death Jan. 31, 1980. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She enjoyed singing gospel music, cooking, watching TV and was a great conversationalist. She was a member of Oak Valley Christian Church.
Services will be 2 p.m. today, June 18, at Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Dale Carr, the Rev. Danny Horton and the Rev. Zack Caldwell officiating. Burial will be in Brewer Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Frank Caldwell (Anita) of the Old Union community; one daughter, Sarah Sullivan of the Old Union community; five grandchildren, Alec Caldwell, Darrell Caldwell (Jennifer), Harrell Caldwell, Jennifer Sullivan and Chad Caldwell (Maggie); four great-grandchildren, Scott Caldwell, Zack Caldwell (Courtney), Troy Roberson and Cohen Caldwell; one stepgreat-grandchild, Gracie Atwood; one daughter-in-law, Peggy Caldwell of the Old Union community; and two sisters-in-law, Linda West of Verona and Janetta West of Oxford.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one son, Carroll Caldwell; and three brothers, Virgil, Ray and Ed West.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons and great-grandsons, Darrell, Harrell, Alec, Chad, Scott and Zack Caldwell.
Honorary pallbearers will be Cohen Caldwell, Troy Roberson, Walter Trice, Homan McFarling and Dr. Jimmy Hamilton.
Memorials may be made to Camp Bluebird, 990 S. Madison St., Suite 1, Tupelo, MS 38801.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
EUPORA – Samuel Thomas “Sam” Hood, 82, died Monday, June 17, 2013, at Golden Living Center in Eupora.
Services will be at 2 today, June 18, at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Webster County. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 until 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.
IUKA – Charles Junior Davis, 74, died Sunday, June 16, 2013, at Cornerstone Health and Rehab in Corinth.
Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. today, June 18, at New Salem Baptist Church. Interment will follow in New Salem Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is entrusted with arrangements.
The body will lie in repose at the church for one hour prior to service time.
Memorial contributions may be made to the New Salem Cemetery Fund.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
COFFEEVILLE – Dorothy Ann Westmoreland Criss, 83, passed away Monday, June 17, 2013, at her residence.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, at First United Methodist Church in Coffeeville. Interment will be in Coffeeville Cemetery. Garner Harper Funeral Home of Grenada is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Birtis Joyce Bryant
BRUCE – Birtis Joyce Bryant, 94, died Saturday, June 15, 2013, at Pioneer Health Services in Newton. She was born Feb. 1, 1919, in Calhoun County. A former resident of Bruce, she had lived in Newton since 2006. She was a member of Rocky Mt. Baptist Church. She was a homemaker and she served alongside her husband in Southern Baptist churches in Mississippi and Louisiana. She was well known for her smile and laughter, her generous heart, her spirit of encouragement, her love for her family and above all her love for her Lord.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today, June 18, at Parker Memorial Funeral Home in Bruce. Dr. Ron Madison will officiate, and the Rev. Larry Haggard will assist. Burial will be in Rocky Mt. Baptist Church Cemetery at Pittsboro. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by three sons, A.B. (Ida) Bryant of Clanton, Ga., Lowell (Mary Elizabeth) Bryant of Canton and James Bryant of Dallas, Texas; one daughter, Mary (Bryan ) Burt of Newton; a daughter-in-law, Connie Bryant of Senatobia; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Clint (Cela) McGreger of Pittsboro; a sister; Moss Green of Bruce; and many nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence Newton McGreger and Maudie Murphree McGreger; her husband of 63 years, James Arlis Bryant, in 1995.
Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. today at the funeral home.
To leave online condolences, visit parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.
BURNSVILLE – Martha Marie Bell Hatcher Vanderford, 88, passed away Sunday, June 16, 2013, at her home. She was born Dec. 7, 1924, to John and Jenny Hatcher. She was a homemaker and a member of Rowland Mills Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, at Rowland Mills Baptist Church with Bro. Franky Smith and Bro. Edward Stacy officiating. Burial will be at Rowland Mills Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home of Booneville is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors are two sons, Jimmy (Ava) Vanderford of Corinth and Johnny (Ollie) Vanderford of Burnsville; seven grandchildren, Marty Vanderford of Red Bay, Ala., Gogie (Bill) Goodson of Baldwyn, Linda (Edward) Roberts of Burnsville, Matilda Belue of New Albany, Carolyn (Jerry) Stricklin of Burnsville, Sandy (Al) Wilkerson of Gilbert, Ariz., and Bruce (Donna) Evans of Booneville; 12 great-grandchildren, Gina (Jeremie) Bray, John Holland, Jonathan (Brittany) Roberts, Kayla Stricklin, Kristen Stricklin, Tererra Vanderford, Dustin Crump, Austin Belue, Heather Hughes, Brandy Evans, Brian Stricklin and Jay Stricklin; and four great-great-grandchildren, Max Parker and Rhett Hatcher Bray, Jason and Samantha Hughes.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Milton Vanderford; her parents; three sisters, Beulah Watkins, Verna Stidham and Freda Gray; and two brothers, Morrel and Buck Hatcher.
Visitation will start at 5 p.m. today and continue until service time at Rowland Mills Baptist Church.
Condolences can be made at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
CORINTH – Danny Joe Joslin, 61, died Saturday, June 15, 2013, at his home.
Services were Monday, June 17, at Grissom’s Chapel in Burnsville. Burial will be in Grissom’s Chapel Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.
PONTOTOC – Gladys Marie Herndon, 88, died Sunday, June 16, 2013, at her daughter’s residence in Saltillo. She was born on April 2, 1925, to Addison Craft Holloway and Jessie Eunice Young Holloway. She was a member of Hebron Baptist Church and a homemaker.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today, June 18, at Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc with the Rev. Junior Ritchie officiating. Burial will follow in Guinn Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Brenda Lamb (Robert) of Saltillo; one granddaughter, Monda Lamb of Saltill; and two brothers, Talmadge Holloway (Dorothy) of Pontotoc and Dale Holloway (Bobbie) of Tupelo.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband: Mondel “Pete” Herndon; and two brothers, John Holloway and Bobby Holloway.
Pallbearers will be Joe Cooper, Joe Young, Gary Washington, Ricky Miller, Kenny Sullivan and Joe Dodson.
Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. today at the funeral home.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.
Albert Smith Jr.
AMORY – Albert Smith Jr., 63, died Monday, June 17, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory.
TREMONT – Dennis Nichols, 60, died Sunday, June 16, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Nov. 5, 1952, in Winston County, Ala., to Bruce and Madge Duke Nichols. He worked in sales at Tremont Floral and Darrell Harp Enterprises for more than 30 years. He was a member of Mt. Olive Methodist Church. An avid community and church supporter, he was a devoted husband, father and proud grandfather.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today, June 18, at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Eugene Stockstill, Bro. Ricky Murphy and Bro. Dee Brown officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olive Methodist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Martha Hartsell Nichols, whom he married Dec. 27, 1974; his son, Brandt Nichols (Summer); and his granddaughter, Lila Lynn Nichols, all of Tremont; one sister, Sandra Robbins (Billy Joe) of Hamilton, Ala.; two brothers-in-law, Cully Hartsell (Janice) of Tremont and Billy Hartsell (Barbara) of Versailles, Ky.; five nieces, Michelle Cantrell (Tommy), LeaAnne Emfinger (Ryan), Caroline Wilson, Joanna Hartsell and Calle Arnold (Taylor); three nephews, Jason Hartsell (Samantha), Paul Hartsell and Jody Robbins; and 10 great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be his fellow church members: Lowell Rogers, Gayre Pounders, Corky Barnett, Sonny Boyd, Greg Guth, Shaun Rogers, Alan Barnett and Glyn Robinson.
His nephews will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 7 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be shared at www.mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.
NEW ALBANY – Shirley Joan Harper, 70, died Monday, June 17, 2013, at Graceland Care Center in New Albany. She was born Nov. 16, 1942, in Poinsett City, Ark., to Benny Eli Harper and Gertrude Seaburn Harper. She was a retired truck driver for FedEx. She was a Pentecostal.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Jerry Lowery officiating. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her sons, Anthony Leon Stout of Jonesboro, Ark., Carl Timothy Stout (Jennifer) of Blue Springs, Jeffrey Ray Stout (Sonya) of Blue Springs and Kelly Dewayne Stout (Dana) of Blue Springs; a sister, Connie Fay Jones of Phoenix, Ariz.; a brother, Bobby Ray Harper of Bath, N.C.; 14 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by parents; a sister, Sue Burger; and three brothers, J.D. Britton, Charles Junior Harper and Billy Harper.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
WOODLAND – Eva Lois Arledge Pierce, 90, died Monday, June 17, 2013. She was born Aug. 7, 1922, in Leake County to Andrew Jackson Moore and Nora Edwards Moore. She retired as a waitress at Moore’s Restaurant. She was a member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 19, at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church with Bro. Danny Bryant and Bro. Wade Mathis officiating. Burial will be at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home of Houston is charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Lucroy (Robert) of Brandon; three sons, Butch Arledge (Vickie) of Bruce, Tony J. Arledge (Lisa) of Chillicothe, Ohio, and John “T. Bird” Arledge (Becky) of Woodland; 14 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and one daughter-in-law, Myra Arledge of Philadelphia.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Clifton F. Arledge and Lamar Pierce; son, Billy Arledge; her daughter, Carol Miller; her parents, Andrew and Nora Moore; and son-in-law, Jack Miller.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home in Houston.
For online condolences, visit www.memorialfuneralhomehouston.com.
ABERDEEN – Jimmy L. Rice, 83, died Sunday, June 16, 2013, at Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks in Verona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.
AMORY – Grace Devall, 91, died Saturday, June 15, 2013, at Care Center of Aberdeen. Born July 9, 1921, in Bigbee, she was a daughter of the late John Gainey and Dora Ridings Sloan. She married Roy Lee Devall on March 23, 1940. Growing up in the Carolina community, she was a member of New Bethel Baptist Church. Later moving to Smithville and Amory, she worked in the area garment plants, where she could do just about anything. Being raised in a big family, her family played an important part in her life, with God being her first priority. Possessing a great sense of humor and fun loving, she was able to turn the worst of situations into something good. She enjoyed singing, even getting the chance to sing on the radio, listening to music, gardening, and fishing and camping with her late husband.
She is survived by her daughter, Nona DeVall (Ray) of Dickinson, Texas; grandchildren, Jamie DeVall (Tracie) of Pasadena, Texas, and Michael DeVall of Dickinson; sisters, Una Newton of Amory and Dorothy Clay of Fulton; and a host of nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by sisters, Afton Barrett and Martha Grace; and brothers, Johnny, Shirley and E.A. Sloan.
A celebration of life service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 19, at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Bro. Chuck Moffett officiating. Burial will follow in the Carolina Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Jamie and Michael DeVall, Bobby and Larry Sloan, Bobby Carter, Perry Newton, Tony Carr and Jim Stallings.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
SENATOBIA – Mattie Margaret Tribble Patterson, 93, passed away Saturday, June 15, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. today, June 18, at First Baptist Church in Senatobia. Burial will follow in Bethesda Cemetery. Pate-Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her children, Robbie Boyd (Bob) of Pontotoc, Paul Patterson (Glenda) of Senatobia, Howard Patterson (Nancy) of Senatobia and Harry Patterson (Donna) of Thaxton; one brother, John Darell Tribble (Becky) of Savannah, Tenn.; and one sister, Hebbie Robertson of Memphis; 16 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Visitation is 9 to 11 a.m. today at the church.
RIPLEY – Roy Morgan, 55, died Monday, June 17, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster and Son Funeral Home in Ripley.